Staff Nurse (RMN)

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust
Westbourne, Bournemouth
£28,407 to £34,581 a year p.a.
Closing date
3 Dec 2023

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Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you looking for an exciting new opportunity? Do you want to be part of a service and help shape the future of the Complex Care Mental Health Service in Dorset?

We currently looking for a Mental Health Nurse (RMN) band 5 (with professional registration) for our Rehabilitation Unit in Westbourne, Bournemouth.

Nightingale House is a 13 bedded, mixed gender community rehab unit set on the Alumhurst Rd site within walking distance to both Westbourne shops and to the beach. The unit supports people who have chronic and disabling mental health problems that may be treatment resistant, often providing a stepping stone for those who have previously spent long periods in hospital. We have another inpatient unit in the West of the county in Dorchester.

Both inpatient teams work closely with our newly established Community Rehab Teams to provide a seamless transition from inpatient into the community, ensuring the patient is supported on this stage of their recovery journey. Staff work hard to facilitate further recovery, that can include supporting self-medication, gaining skills for more independent living such as cooking, shopping, budgeting and supporting individuals to access community activities (leisure and vocational).

This role requires a registered professional who is motivated, driven and passionate about developing an outstanding service for the individuals we serve.

Main duties of the job

To assist the Ward Manager in providing high quality nursing care and treatment of patients in conjunction with other professionals through the service's multi-disciplinary assessment, treatment, interventions and care programmes, which will include close liaison with family, carers, community teams, GP's, and other professionals involved in theperson's care, enabling them to move on to the community as soon as is practicable.

To work with people to help them acquire or regain the skills and confidence required for them to ultimately live in the community. Focusing on addressing and minimising the symptoms and functional impairment that people may have, with an emphasis on achieving as much individual autonomy and independence as possible.

To develop therapeutic relationships with individuals and engage them in collaborative and effective partnership working to achieve agreed goals.

To contribute to the provision of a daily structure and range of effective clinical interventions, so as to balance the therapeutic needs of the person with the need for support and security, andto promote their individuality and autonomy in the least restrictive environment.

About us

At Dorset HealthCare we're on a mission to empower people to make the most of their lives through our outstanding, joined-up healthcare services. We're a dynamic, forward-looking Trust, running 12 community hospitals, specialist inpatient facilities and a wide range of integrated community and mental health services for a population of almost 800,000 people.

We do things differently here - it's one of the reasons the CQC rated us 'outstanding' in 2019. It's also why 95% of patients across our services say they have a good or very good experience of our services and 89% of staff feel they can really make a difference. Whether you're looking to work with us in one of our bustling market towns, vibrant urban locations, thriving seaside spots, or among the rolling hills of Dorset, there are lots of ways you can make a difference in our communities.

Our 7,000-strong workforce is at the heart of what we do and our success is a testament to our brilliant people. We're all about building a workplace for the future, we believe in equal opportunities and we celebrate diversity. We're an inclusive workplace, where everyone is welcome, everyone can be authentic, and we are all encouraged to be the best version of ourselves.

Working with us you'll be part of a strong team, challenge yourself, build a career, and teach us what we don't know. And you'll be working towards our vision to be better every day through excellence, compassion and expertise in all we do.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For the main duties and responsibilities for this role please read the attached job description and person specification. When completing your application please ensure your supporting statement reflects the criteria set out in these documents by showing how your experience and skills apply to this post.

Dorset HealthCare is in partnership withThe Princes Trustto support people getting into work, as part of this partnership, we offer an employability service to support individuals between 16-30 years old with application writing, interview skills and other employment support. Please contact to access the support.

Person Specification

Professional Qualification and Professional Registration


  • Must be a registered mental health nurse,
  • Must have professional UK registration ie NMC
  • Educated to degree level or equivalent level of highly developed specialist knowledge and experience
  • Experience of Teaching and Assessing In Clinical Practice

Personal Attributes and Qualities


  • Ability to communicate effectively at different levels of an organisation in both verbal and written form, for example with staff, patients, visitors or external organisations in the exchange of very highly complex, sensitive or contentious information, which will require the use of negotiating and/or persuasive skills.
  • Evidence of skills in diplomacy, negotiation and influencing
  • Ability to evaluate care leading to improvement in quality standards an service improvement
  • Inquisitive and eager to learn.
  • Evidence of seeking ways to improve self and others.
  • Ability to demonstrate compassion and empathy for self, colleagues, and service users



  • Experience of working within the care sector, or demonstrate transferable experience
  • Able to demonstrate knowledge in clinical assessment, treatment and care for people's mental health
  • Demonstrable knowledge of legislation relevant to area of practice
  • A robust understanding of the function of mental health rehabilitation
  • Evidence of proactive involvement in supervision.


  • Previous experience of working in mental health service
  • Previous experience of working within the NHS

Knowledge, Skills and Expertise


  • Evidence of recent professional development in an up to date portfolio

Employer details

Employer name

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust


Nightingale House

49, Alumhurst Rd

Westbourne, Bournemouth


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